Bharati Pravin Shows Gratitude to PM Modi for Third Vande Bharat Train in AP:
The inauguration of the Vijayawada-MGR Chennai Central Vande Bharat Express took place at Vijayawada railway station, with Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, in attendance on Sunday.
The third Vande Bharat Express originating from Andhra Pradesh was ceremoniously flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference. Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, serving as the chief guest, presided over the inaugural event at Vijayawada railway station. This train, connecting the major southern capitals of Vijayawada and Chennai, with a stop at the sacred temple town of Tirupati via Renigunta, fulfills a long-cherished dream of the public. Notably, this marks the first Vande Bharat train to operate between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
The atmosphere at Vijayawada station was filled with excitement, as approximately 1500 spectators eagerly awaited the opportunity to catch a glimpse of and take selfies with the nation’s most talked-about train, the pride of the nation – the Vande Bharat.
Students, along with the general public and officials, welcomed the Vande Bharat with great enthusiasm and cheers. Schoolchildren dressed up as iconic freedom fighters to greet this beloved train, and cultural performers added to the festive ambiance. The crowd enthusiastically chanted “Bharat Mata ki Jai” on this historic occasion. Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar commenced her speech with the slogan “Bharat Mata ki Jai,” receiving a resounding response from the crowd. She expressed her gratitude to PM Narendra Modi, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, and the Government of India for providing Andhra Pradesh with its third Vande Bharat train in just nine months. She highlighted that more than 1 crore people had already traveled on this indigenous semi-high-speed train.
Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar commended PM Modi’s visionary efforts to make the nation self-reliant and self-sustainable in all aspects. She hailed 2023 as a momentous year for rail travel and infrastructure development and emphasized the Vande Bharat’s significance as India’s source of pride. She thanked the crowd for their overwhelming presence and reception.
Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas, Mayor Rayana Bhagyalakshmi, and MLA Malladi Vishnu from Vijayawada Central expressed their gratitude to PM Modi for providing Andhra Pradesh with its third Vande Bharat train.
With grand celebrations and fanfare, the iconic Vande Bharat embarked on its journey from Vijayawada railway station. The event saw the participation of Narendra A. Patil, Divisional Railway Manager, Vijayawada; D. Srinivasa Rao, ADRM, Infrastructure; M. Srikanth, ADRM, Operations; and senior railway officials.